The Dynamic Role of Labour Unions in the Wake of Covid-19 and the Safe Keeping of Frontline Workers

Spirit of Mother Jones Festival in partnership with University College Cork Civic & Community Engagement 27 November 2020, 3.00 – 4.00 pm (Irish GMT) We are at critical juncture for trade unions and worker’s rights during this period of economic stress, joblessness, and wealth concentration.  Education and healthcare professions are among those front-line workers who now … Continue reading The Dynamic Role of Labour Unions in the Wake of Covid-19 and the Safe Keeping of Frontline Workers

Historic new photos of Mother Jones rediscovered

  The Cork Mother Jones Committee has received the following photographs of Mother Jones during her visit to Northern Michigan during the Copper Country strike of 1913/14. She went north to the Great Lakes area to address a mass meeting of the union members and supporters. Mother Jones was 76 years old at the time.  … Continue reading Historic new photos of Mother Jones rediscovered

Luke Dineen: “Connect Trade Union – An Early History, 1919-23”

The Cork Mother Jones Committee is delighted to welcome historian Luke Dineen to the 2019 Spirit of Mother Jones Summer School. Luke will address the topic of “Craftsmen and the Irish Revolution 1920 - 23. The outline of the talk follows. “Connect Trade Union – An Early History, 1919-23” “Organised labour was a vital component … Continue reading Luke Dineen: “Connect Trade Union – An Early History, 1919-23”

Unions representing millions of U.S. workers salute Cork Spirit of Mother Jones Festival

AFL-CIO Proclamation The Cork Mother Jones Committee has received commemorative scrolls from a number of trade union groups from the United States which collectively represent many millions of American workers.  The proclamations express gratituted and appreciation of Cork born Mary Harris Jones (a.k.a. "Mother Jones") and her pioneering work on behalf of U.S. and migrant … Continue reading Unions representing millions of U.S. workers salute Cork Spirit of Mother Jones Festival

Jack O’Connor: A Trade Union Strategy to Win for Working People

The 2016 Cork Mother Jones Lecture was delivered by Mr Jack O'Connor, President of SIPTU. Jack presented a paper entitled "A Trade Union Strategy to Win for Working People" on Thursday the 28th July, the opening night of the 2016 Spirit of Mother Jones festival at the Firkin Crane in Shandon. In this challenging paper … Continue reading Jack O’Connor: A Trade Union Strategy to Win for Working People

Jack O’Connor to deliver the 2016 Cork Mother Jones Lecture.

The Cork Mother Jones Committee is pleased to announce that the Cork Mother Jones Lecture 2016 will be delivered by Mr Jack O’Connor, General President of SIPTU. Jack O'Connor The 5th annual lecture will take place at the Firkin Crane Theatre on Thursday 28th July at 8pm, following the 2016 festival and Summer School  opening … Continue reading Jack O’Connor to deliver the 2016 Cork Mother Jones Lecture.

“Get off your knees” – the Rosemary Feurer lecture 2014

At the Spirit of Mother Jones Festival 2014 an important paper was delivered Professor Rosemary Feurer of Northern Illinois University.  Prof. Feurer, who had also spoken at the inaugural festival in Cork in 2012, examined the parallel activities of Mother Jones and the great Irish socialist leaders James Connolly and "Big Jim" Larkin, in particular looking … Continue reading “Get off your knees” – the Rosemary Feurer lecture 2014

Marat Moore’s inspiring address to Cork Mother Jones Festival

Cork’s Gift to American Labor: Thoughts on the Extraordinary Life of Mary Harris Jones This is a revised and longer version of the inaugural lecture given by Marat Moore at the Mother Jones festival on August 1, 2012, at the Firkin Crane Center, Shandon, Cork.   Go raibh maith agat. Thank you, Ger.  This festival … Continue reading Marat Moore’s inspiring address to Cork Mother Jones Festival